Education & Training

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Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
A list of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Click on each course to view the description containing information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

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  • April 23 2019
    Basic Approach To Process Control 04/23/2019 This covers the traditional methods of controlling the process and what feedback you use to control it. It then expands on this and shows the usefulness of some simple math terms. It allows the company to see how stable their company is in from day-to-day. It then looks at the causes of variation from that stability and how to solve the three most common causes. Add to Calendar
  • April 24 2019
    Intermediate Approach To Process Control 1 04/24/2019 This expands on the Basic Approach by using the basic math terms to gain a Process Capability Analysis for the plant, it uses this to explain how to get process control. It covers how you know if your process is out of control. Finally it goes over the various methods of controlling the process (set and forget, continuous display and Statistical Process Control). Add to Calendar
  • April 25 2019
    Intermediate Approach To Process Control 2 04/25/2019 After Intermediate 1, this follows on to explain the various Bell curves and what they mean, it explains that the tolerances of the product are from the customer but the tolerances on the PROCESS are your decision. It covers how you define “A good process” and how to make the measurements real. It gives examples of using SPC on various shot parameters, it then covers short term and long term drifts. Add to Calendar
  • April 30 2019
    Advanced Approach To Process Control 1 04/30/2019 In this we define what variables we have control of and what impact this has on the many variables that we can’t directly control. This then covers the measurements that should be taken and the great care in choosing the right variables to measure. This data is then used in two ways, * Historical- what was measured in the past and how can the company gain the best information. * Planned Trials- what is available to let the company carry out a multi variable experiment and gain the best advantage for future production. Add to Calendar
  • May 1 2019
    Advanced Approach To Process Control 2 05/01/2019 This final webinar brings it all together. It covers planning a trial for both parameters that are changed and variables that are measured. It goes through a DoE approach to show the power of the method. Examples are given of real trials that enabled a very defined set process parameters to be reached. This impacted strongly on achieving an operating window that enabled a stable, low reject production of difficult parts. Using examples from real life trials should assist the die caster to apply these methods in their own plant. Add to Calendar
  • May 7 2019
    Simplified Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 05/07/2019 Many people believe that it is very difficult to design the cooling for a die and instead use experience. This first course shows that a good estimate can be made with minimal math. It goes through the way this was developed and then gives examples of designing the cooling for some castings. This is a rapid and reasonably accurate approach for die casters and tool designers with minimal time. Add to Calendar
  • May 8 2019
    Intermediate Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 05/08/2019 This will look at where the Simplified Approach formulae came from. It will take a more mathematical approach to the problem and include more variables, such as metal temperature. This will also look at more complex parts and work out how you calculate the cooling for castings with complex cores. Add to Calendar
  • May 9 2019
    Advanced Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 05/09/2019 In this course there are more advanced details on cooling. Namely: -Transient effects due to Thermal Diffusivity -Cooling of runners and biscuit to reduce shrinkage effects -How a fountain/bubbler works -The use of jet cooling and why it works, plus strengths and weaknesses -Oil cooling/heating of dies -Combining oil and water in one die and why we would do this -Changing the heat transfer within a die Add to Calendar
  • May 14 2019
    Die Spray and Bringing It All Together 05/14/2019 This final webinar covers the approach to die spray and how to bring that into the design. It then gives an example where all the facets of the die are brought together as a demonstration. It will give an example that covers general cooling, specific or spot cooling, oil heating, jet cooling and die spray. Add to Calendar


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